Using the Right Seeds
Any historic garden needs historic seeds to grow the kinds of vegetables the people of that time period would have grown.
We use seeds varieties in our garden that were available before the 1870s. They're open-pollinated seeds that reliably reproduce seeds with the genetic blueprint for the same plant year after year. (Seeds from newer hybrid plants revert back to one of the parent plants, or are sterile and not reliable for saving.) By growing open pollinated varieties and saving the seeds, Fort Larned is helping preserve genetic diversity as well as exploring the gardening aspect of military life